Motherless Children

Composer: Traditional

Grateful Dead

No Grateful Dead recordings.


The following list is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info Folk Songs, Terrea Lea and her Singing Guitar, 1957
info My Eyes Have Seen, Odetta, 1959
info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3, Pete Seeger, 1959
info Feelin' the Spirit, Grant Green, 1962
no info Twelve-String Guitar: Folk Songs and Blues Sung and Played by Fred Gerlach, Fred Gerlach, 1962
info Folk Music of Washington Square, Various Artists (Carol J. Virill), 1962
no info Great Day, Staple Singers, 1963
no info Mid the Green Fields of Virginia, The Carter Family, 1963
info American Folk Singers And Balladeers, Various Artists (Odetta), 1964
no info Texas Songster, Live, Vol. 3, Mance Lipscomb, 1965
no info John Renbourn, John Renbourn, 1965
infoDave Van Ronk, Folksinger, Dave Van Ronk, 1967
info Iron City, Grant Green, 1967
no info The Last Request, Ben Branch and Operation Breadbasket, 1968
no info Frisco Bound, Jesse Fuller, 1968
no info Sly and Robbie Present Gregory Isaacs, Gregory Isaacs, 1972
infoVan Ronk, Dave Van Ronk, 1972
no info Sounder, Taj Mahal, 1973
no info Living in the USA, Steve Miller Band, 1973
no info Art of Bottleneck Guitar, Sam Mitchell, 1975
info Close To Home, Roscoe Holcomb, 1975
no info Louisiana Country Blues, Herman Johnson, 1981
no info Reflections on the Carter Family, Ron Penix, 1981
no info 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton, 1974
infoHesitation Blues, Dave Van Ronk, 1988
no info Josh White, Vol 2, Josh White, 1989
infoInside Dave Van Ronk (comp), Dave Van Ronk, 1989
no info Ramblin' on My Mind, Lucinda Williams, 1991
infoPickin' Up the Spirit, Marianne Antonse, 1992
info Sounds of the South, Various Artists (Felix Dukes), 1993
info Step by Step: Lesley Riddle Meets the Carter Family: Blues, Country and Sacred Songs, Lesley Riddle, 1993
no info Texas Blues Guitar, Mabce Lipscomb, 1994
no info The Singing Reverend, Rev. Gary Davis, 1994
infoLittle Signs of Autumn, Shinobu Sato, 1994
no info The Gospel Sound, Various Artists (Blind Willie Johnson), 1994
no info When Roses Bloom In Dixieland - The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3, Carter Family, 1995
no info This Train, Elder Roma Wilson, 1995
infoDear M.F. EP, Big Sugar, 1995
no info Through Many Dangers, Marion Williams, 1996
info High Lonesome Sound, Roscoe Holcomb, 1998
no info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 5, 1944), Josh White, 1998
no info Hesitation Blues, Dave Van Ronk, 199?
no info The Legendary Carter Family, Carter Family, 19??
info40 Most Popular American Folk Songs, Paul & Margie, 199?
info In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, The Carter Family, 2000
info Nobody's Fault But Mine, Blind Willie Johnson, 2007
no info Les Plus Beaux Gospels, Various Artists (Paul Robeson), 2002
infoWhen the Sun Goes Down: The Secret History of Rock, Various Artists (Paul Robeson), 2002
info Island In The Sun, Harry Belafonte, 2002
info The Carter Family: 1927-1934, The Carter Family, 2002
info Patchworks, Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton, 2002
info Les 100 Plus Beaux Gospels, Various Artists (Paul Robeson), 2002
info American Folk and Country Music Festival, Various Artists (Roscoe Holcomb), 2003
info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3 (exp CD), Pete Seeger, 2004
info Blind Willie Johnson and the Guitar Evangelists, Various Artists (Blind Willie Johnson), 2005
info A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family, Ralph Stanley, 2006
info Organ Trio And Quartet, Grant Green, 2006
info The Road to Agate Hill: Music from Southwest Virginia and Beyond, Alice, Gail & Sharon, 2007
info Walking Down The Line, James Alan Shelton, 2007
info Bowling Green, Alice Gerrard and Mike Seeger, 2008
info Pure... Blues, Various Artists (Blind Willie Johnson), 2011
info The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, Taj Mahal, 2013


Often occurs as Sometimes I feel Like A Motherless Child.

The song was performed by David and the Dorks (David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart) at the Matrix in December 1970.